Here come the 4K displays: Sharp announces 5.5-inch 4K IGZO mobile display

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There are already rumors that the Galaxy Note 5 will sport a 4K display, and even if it doesn’t, it won’t stop 4K displays from landing on your next smartphone.

Sharp just announced their own 4K (3,840 x 2,160) 5.5-inch IGZO display that sports a stunning 806 pixels per inch. This one won’t appear on a smartphone until 2016 since production isn’t scheduled until then.

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Sharp announces the Aquos Mini and a high-end flip phone

sharp aquos miniSharp has taken the wraps off of their first two devices for 2015, one of which is a high-end compact device, and the other is, surprisingly, a flagship flip phone.

The Aquos Mini is one of Sharp’s most impressive devices, featuring the razor thin bezels that their Aquos phones have come to be known for. The phone sports a 4.5-inch, 1080p screen with an extremely narrow body, and the display features Sharp’s IGZO technology which will supposedly let the device last for a full two to three days on its 2120 mAh battery. Read more

Sharp moves on from 4K UHD with 8K LCD TV, also unveils Android TV based SmartCentral 4.0

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For those of you who sit way too close to your television set, Sharp has just unveiled a prototype television at CES 2015 with a whopping 8K LCD screen. This prototype will be the world’s first 8K display with standards compliance and has a mind-boggling resolution of 7680×4320 with a 120Hz refresh rate. The 8K beast has 12 bits per pixel depth and delivers a blinding brightness of 400cd .

How big is this heavyweight television going to be, you ask? 85 inches. That’s like having a NBA basketball player laying across your wall.

Probably more important is the news that Sharp is updating its SmartCentral TV interface to version 4.0. This version will be a complete revamp for SmartCentral and will now be running off Android TV platform. This will also bring the Google Play Store to your Sharp television.

For further reading on Sharp’s new television releases, which include a number of 4K UHD televisions, follow the article after the break. To go back to Talk Android’s continuing coverage of CES 2015, click here. Read more

Sharp shows off extremely battery-friendly smartwatch

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It seems like just about every technology manufacturer is throwing their hat in the smartwatch ring, and Sharp is no exception. They’ve recently showed off their take on a wearable device, and it takes a much more conservative approach to what we’ve been seeing lately. Instead of offering tons of bells and whistles, the Sharp watch tries to give you something with extraordinarily long battery life. Read more

Sharp Aquos Crystal heading to Sprint on October 17, Boost Mobile carrying it today

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Ready or not, here comes the Aquos Crystal. If you are a customer of either Sprint or Boost Mobile, you can get your hands on the Sharp device. The Aquos Crystal from Boost Mobile is available today for $150 with no contract to sign. The Boost Mobile version is also being sold through Best Buy.

Sprint customers have to wait one more week for the Aquos Crystal to arrive on October 17. Without going the prepaid route (starting October 21 for $150), the Sprint version’s cost is diced up into twenty-four monthly payments of $10.

Does the Sharp Aquos Crystal’s unique design catch your eye? Let us know in the comments.

Sprint officially announces the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA

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As expected, Sprint went ahead and announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, which is the first device to come out of the Sprint and Softbank merger. It will of course be available with Softbank in Japan, but it will also be available exclusively at Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal features a 5-inch edge-to-edge 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 2,040 mAh battery, Sprint Spark network, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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Bezel-less Sharp Aquos Crystal coming to Sprint tomorrow

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At a New York City event tomorrow, Sprint will be announcing Sharp’s Aquos Crystal, a 5-inch device with extremely small bezels.

Although it’s quite the looker, the specs are unfortunately midrange. Packed inside is an LTE-capable Snapdragon 400 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage space and Android 4.4.2. The battery packs 2040mAh. Some extras include a Harman Kardon sound effects engine, “LiveStage” streaming, and compatibility with the Harman Kardon ONYX Studio Bluetooth speaker.

While pre-orders will begin tomorrow, the phone will be released in the US on August 29.

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Japanese carrier KDDI adds a slew of Android devices to its lineup

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Along with the WiFi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Flex, Japanese carrier KDDI is adding a few more devices to its lineup today. These devices, however, will likely never leave Asian markets. First up is the Sharp Aquos Phone Series Mini smartphone. Pictured above, Sharp is offering the device in a few different colors. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP sits on the back and the Phone Series Mini runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Incredibly, this 4.5-inch smartphone has a 1080p display that allows for 487ppi.

The other device, also from Sharp, is the Aquos Pad. This 7-inch tablet also has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Like the Nexus 7, it has 1920×1200 display which is great for a 7-inch tablet. Like the aforementioned smartphone, it has a 13MP camera. Hit the break to see the Aquos Pad. Read more

First tablet with Sharp’s MEMS display should arrive before July, will rival LCD and OLED

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Sharp is trying to break the mold by offering another type of display. At CES 2014, the company showed its Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) display. The technology should make its way to 7-inch tablets by this summer and the advantages seem impressive. But it will not be limited to tablets. DigitalVersus, who talked with the company about the technology, said “it may even one day find its way into TV sets, such as highly energy-efficient 8K TVs, although Sharp was quick to shrug off any such suggestions.” Read more